Torch Lit Procession and Memorial Service to Comemorate the Begining of World War 1
Torch Lit Procession and Memorial Service to Comemorate the Begining of World War 1 On Monday 4th August, 2014, to commemorate the Century of the start of World War One, a torch lit procession made its way to St. Wilfrid's Church for a poignant memorial service in memory of those who served during WW1 and tragically lost their lives.
As the clock on the church tower of St. Wilfrid's Church struck 10.00pm, the bell ringers with their bells half muffled, marked the start of the procession from all corners of the town of Alford. They came young and old, natives and incomers, bearing the flags of more than 25 nations who were so cruelly affected by the Great War. They marched in solemn silence to the beat of a solitary drum and carrying more than 30 torches through the quiet streets to St. Wilfrid's Church.
Three separate processions from East, South and North coalesced into a single ribbon of light as they approached the church to be met by the Vicar, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire Mr. Tony Worth, the Mayor of Alford, Mr. Richard Quantrell and Air Marshal Sir John Sutton, Vice-President of Alford and District Civic Trust.
The Service, led by the Vicar Rev. Ros Latham, began with a procession of flags to the alter led by the Union Flag and the Standard of the Royal British Legion Carried by Mr. Alan Jenkinson.
During the very moving service, the names of all those from Alford who served during WW1 ,were read by members of the community from Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School, John Spendluffe Technology College, the Royal British Legion and the wider community. As the name of each soldier, whose name is on the War Memorial was read, a candle was lit in remembrance.
The Elizabethan singers, conducted by Mr. Andrew Willoughby who also played the organ, led the nearly 300 strong congregation in a rousing response to 'We will remember them' at the end of each list of names as well as giving some time for quiet reflection. The service moved to a close with singing the National Anthem and the lights in the church faded into utmost darkness, lit only by candles representing the fallen.
The congregation led out of the church in darkness, carrying with them a sense of remembrance of the service and sacrifice of those who left Alford never to return.